DISC DRAWS WATER
sunny July morning in 1965
that John Hembling, geologist and exploration manager for a mining company,
and a companion geologist stepped from a helicopter atop a mountain ridge in
north-central British Columbia, they expected it would be another routine day
of reconnaissance and survey.
weeks they had been studying this mineral-rich terrain about 70 miles north
of Hazelton. Working above the timberline, they had a sweeping view of the
country's rocky peaks, some of which already bore the mark of mining
development. Soon they would submit their report on the feasibility of
But on this
particular day they were to have the unexpected opportunity of making a study
of a much different sort.
was about 10 o'clock, and we had just set up our equipment after the
helicopter left," Hembling told us, "when we saw a silvery object,
shining in the sun, appear over a small ridge below us. It had a
flattened-out look and our first reaction was that it was some kind of
delta-wing aircraft. We soon realized it was not."
away from the sun, with the object below them about half a mile away, they
had a clear view of what was happening.
object was about 50 ft. in diameter," he said. "On top of its dome
there was a little knob, and around the base of the dome there were circular
markings. They might have been some kind of riveting, or even windows. They
were a bit too small to tell.
these, on the face of the disc itself, there were larger rectangular markings
which could have been glass or metallic. Our impression was that they were
windows. As far as we could see, there were three of them."
As the two
men watched in astonishment, the object moved slowly across the ridge until
it was above a small glacial lake, barely more than a pond. Hovering there an
instant, it then descended to less than 50 ft. above the water. Again it
hovered and, to the men's further amazement, lowered a pipe-like instrument from its underside into
first we thought it was something like a rope-ladder," Hembling said,
"but it didn't just drop down. It came out smoothly and steadily as if
under mechanical control."
procedure the observers were conscious of a humming sound from the object
"like a quiet electric motor." With its appendage in the lake, the
disc then rotated slowly like a water-borne top until its "windows"
faced the two men.
We had a
distinct feeling it knew we were there," Hembling said.
remaining in that position for about eight minutes---as the men judged
it--the object withdrew its "pipe" as carefully as it had lowered
climbed slowly, then all of a sudden, it was off," Hembling said.
"It shot over the ridge, made a sharp turn without skidding, and was out
of sight in about 20 seconds. We figured it had gone 20 or 25 miles by the
time it disappeared."
give it a speed of at least 3,600 m.p.h.
was their experience that the two men discussed it for the rest of the day,
comparing observations and impressions. They also wondered how the pictures,
would turn out, for a meaningful part of the whole incident was that Hemblings
companion carried a camera and took numerous shots of the sighting. But, for
Hembling at least, that part of the incident was to lead to disappointment.
never heard from him again," he said of his companion. "He returned
to the States before he had a chance to get the pictures developed, and that
was the end of it. I wrote him twice asking about the pictures, but he didn't
reply. I don't know what happened."
as a result, there is a UFO witness who may have some of the most remarkable
camera shots of this phenomenon ever recorded. Perhaps, as had happened
before, he submitted them for official scrutiny and, after being bound to
silence, failed to have them returned.
This reference: Flying
Saucer Review, Special Issue No. 2, June 1969.
Taken from Canadian UFO Report, edited
by John Magor, P.O. Box 758, Duncan, B.C., Canada.
UFOCAT PRN 78518 [DOS:
UFOCAT URN 078518 John Magor investigation files, May
UFOCAT URN NONE
Flying Saucer Review, Special Issue No. 2, June 1969
UFOCAT URN 075768 UFO
Nachtrichten, May 1970
UFOCAT URN 089541 APRO Bulletin, April 1976, p. 4
UFOCAT URN 088710 Flying Saucer Review, May 1976, p.
UFOCAT URN 109642 MUFON UFO Journal, September 1976,
UFOCAT URN 096097 Our UFO Visitors by John Magor, p.
198, © 1977
UFOCAT URN 039082 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1714
by L. Schoenherr, no © date
UFOCAT URN 176258 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry
Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002
UFOCAT PRN 78518 [DOS:
UFOCAT URN 038890 Data-Net Report, May 1970
UFOCAT URN 062411 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #????
by Jacques Vallee, no © date
North America Canada, British Columbia
55-15 N, Longitude 127-40 W (D-M)
Reference: Canada Gazetteer, prepared in the Office of
Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., November 1953
UFO Location (UFOCAT)
Latitude 55.27 N, Longitude 127.36 W (D %)
Latitude 56.17 N,
Longitude 127.67 W [URN 176258]